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Great Drive for Ripping Blu-rays,
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I would prefer to purchase content digitally from iTunes, but Apple does not allow purchased video to be streamed via AIrVideo, etc. - lame. The alternative is to purchase Blu-ray discs and rip them, so I needed an inexpensive drive to do this. Fist off, it is REALLY lame of other folks to ding this drive on reviews because it does not come with software. Do your homework folks. That's like buying a car, realizing it does not come standard with Nav, and ripping the auto manufacturer.
I just received the drive last night, downloaded MakeMKV for free (2-click software BTW), and had the first Blu-ray disc ripped to my HD in full 1080p within 30 minutes. Currently using HandBrake to encode as 720p m4v file to play on AppleTV.
For others doing the same, here are instructions for above:
1. Rip with MakeMKV (load Blu-ray, click Blu-ray disc icon, hit Make MKV)
2. Open the .mkv file you want to transcode in Handbrake (largest file - should be ~24-30GB)
3. Select the Apple TV preset at right
4. Click Picture Icon at top
5. Set Anamorphic to none
6. Change the picture size to 1280 by 720
7. Check framerate with MediaInfo app (SourceForge). If 23.xxx, use "same as source". If >24, set to 24.
8. Set bit rate to 5000 for the video
9. Click on the Audio tab and if the source is AC3, leave as is; if it's DTS, disable track 2
10. Click Start
Very happy with purchase. Quality Blu-ray drive for the price.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 9:58:26 AM PDT
Charles Brian Foster says:
Great comments and mini tutorial. All I want to do is rip Blu Rays also. It's good to no that no Blu Ray player software is needed to do that.
Posted on Nov 21, 2011 1:32:32 PM PST
Ryan Kwock says:
Hello, I was wondering if you had to install any updates to the driver before using it or did it work with MakeMKV right away? And also does it rip hollywood movies with copyright protection like transformers and harry potter?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2012 11:10:39 PM PDT
A. J. Abadsafian says:
ryan....get makemkv, and get handbrake. To answer your question: yes, but its the programs that break the protection, not the drive.
Also, try not to use those words in the same sentence, you probably have been tagged by the mpaa or at least might have caused some unwanted attention to this nice man's review. Google is amazing my friend.
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